Topics » Climate Change   March 23, 2012

Before and After: The Drought from Above


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Photo: USGS

O.C. Fisher Reservoir, West TXProctor Lake, Central TXBastrop Wildfires, Central TXElephant Butte Reservoir, NMTrees, Memorial Park, Houston

Trees, Memorial Park, Houston

The drought had a devastating impact on the state's trees. The Texas Forest Service estimates more than 500 million trees were killed by the drought. The trees that were under the most stress were actually urban trees, when local governments restricted watering public landscapes. These pictures from the Texas Forest Service show Memorial Park in Houston, where trees turned brown and died over the course of a year.

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